Operation Smile Presents THE SAN FRANCISCO 2015 SMILE GALA

Operation Smile Annual Gala

  It was a night of smiles on November 7th as Operation Smile held their annual Smile Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The spectacular evening raised over $200,000, enough funds to provide life-changing cleft lip surgeries for over 800 children. Operation Smile honored singer and songwriter Matt Nathanson with the Universal…

Celebrating Life Through Fashion

The “Joy” of SF Couture

  For fashion connoisseurs in San Francisco the motif of “Celebrating Life Through Fashion,” was a welcomed invitation by Joy Venturini Bianchi. For one night only, a retrospective and fund-raiser, featuring a collection of 41 gowns was displayed at Hedge Gallery. It benefitted the developmentally disabled through Helpers, a cause and an organization Bianchi has…

SF Zoo Auxiliary Hosts Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Tales of the Chapeau

  Throughout the late 17th and early 18th century, hats appeared to be for the birds. Or at least, made of them. Oodles of feathers from exotic species, and sometimes even an entire stuffed bird, would be the main ornament of choice on ladies’ millinery. Feathers indicated not only “delicate beauty,” but a sign of…

Opera Ball 2015: Moonlight & Music

Opera Gala is Grand for Grandees

  Lovers in Tyrolean castles were hardly on the minds of many who arrived at the War Memorial Opera House for the “Moonlight and Music” Gala Opening of the Opera, the kickoff to the San Francisco social season. But the valet parkers in jaunty Alpine fedoras posed a subtle reminder that the evening’s opera, Verdi’s…

Buffett

The World’s Most Expensive Lunch, Buffett Style

  The world’s hottest lunch ticket just celebrated its sixteenth year, with a sweet gathering. Each year on eBay, Warren Buffett, auctions off an invitation. The proceeds go to GLIDE, a charity that operates several anti-poverty programs in San Francisco. “If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest…